LAWLESS (Photo credit: Richard Foreman Jr., The Weinstein Co.) Dane DeHaan is not featured in this article’s photo, since Lawless is the fictionalized account of the Bondurant brothers (Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf), moonshiners who, through intimidation and violence, refuse to compromise their burgeoning business in Franklin County, Virginia.  I trolled through the PR online photos journalists were given to download, and unfortunately DeHaan was nowhere to be seen.

While all three actors do first rate work in the film (it’s an adaptation of Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest County in the World), Dane DeHaan, who plays the Bondurants’ loyal confidante (and fellow moonshiner) Cricket, steals the show. Although Cricket doesn’t have the same amount of screen time as the Bondurants, his presence is felt throughout the film (especially in the picture’s final act).

As evidenced in his role as an abused teen corrupted by super powers in Chronicle, DeHaan is an actor with that rare ability to command the screen (his Lawless co-stars Gary Oldman and Hardy have that similar, if not more developed, talent).

Chronicle introduced viewers to a filmmaker (Josh Trank) who had enough creative brio to bend the comic book genre and fit it into his innovative aesthetic.  Trank’s vision, coupled with Chronicle’s success, led the director his next plum job – rebooting The Fantastic Four.

I asked DeHaan if he was surprised by Chronicle’s popularity, and he also commented on the film’s impact on his career.  To hear DeHaan, click on the media bar below:

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With Trank onboard for the Fantastic Four reboot, another journo asked DeHaan if he’d love to work with Trank once again.  DeHaan, who some believe bears a striking resemblance to Leonardo DiCaprio (check out this Metro World News piece), would be perfect as Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch).

To hear DeHaan talk about the prospects of reuniting with Trank for a Fantastic Four movie, click on the media bar below (the actor’s ‘thank you, publish that’ response is in reference to the journo’s Johnny Storm comment):

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Here’s one of the many standout scenes from Chronicle:

Lawless, directed by The Road filmmaker John Hillcoat, opens August 31st.

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (@Gsrisavasdi)